How to Verify a Request for an Emotional Support Animal: A Guide for Landlords and Tenants

As a landlord, HOA, co-op, or other housing provider, you may have received a request from a tenant that is looking to live with an emotional support animal (ESA). Housing providers want to comply with their obligations under Fair Housing laws to accommodate tenants with ESAs, but also want to make sure the request is […]

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How Do I Make My Dog an Emotional Support Dog?

Emotional support dogs are becoming an increasingly popular option for people coping with mental and emotional health issues. Many current dog owners are aware of the therapeutic benefits and support their canine friends provide. An emotional support animal is a type of legally recognized assistance animal that is allowed to accompany their owner in residential […]

How to Send an ESA Letter to your Landlord

To share an ESA Letter with your landlord or real estate agency you can follow a very simple 2 steps approach: Notify and share. As we’ll mention in this article, be aware of your rights and know how to defend them in case your landlord is not willing to comply. But before you can speak […]

How to Get ESA Pet Fees and Deposits Refunded as an ESA Owner

…and How to Protect Yourself as a Landlord

Under the Fair Housing Act, housing providers such as landlords, Co-Ops and HOAs cannot charge their tenants fees, deposits, and surcharges in connection with their emotional support animals (ESAs). ESAs are not considered pets for purposes of Fair Housing rules and must be allowed even in buildings that […]

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7 Excuses Landlords, HOA’s, and Condos Can’t Use to Deny an Emotional Support Animal

We will explore commonly used excuses that housing providers give to deny tenants their right to live with an emotional support animal. The intent of this article is to answer questions and provide helpful information to tenants requesting ESA accommodation from their landlords and also to educate landlords on what they should avoid when faced […]

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U.S. Department of Housing Issues New 2020 Rules for Emotional Support Animals

On January 28th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidance regarding Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) in housing. In this recent guidance, HUD recognizes the crucial role that Emotional Support Animals can have in the lives of their owners.

5 Questions Everyone Asks About Emotional Support Animal Housing Rights

Since 2015, ESA Doctors has helped clients interested in qualifying for emotional support animals connect with real licensed mental health professionals. As Emotional Support Animal (ESA) advocates, we find it important to educate our clients and anyone in need about ESA housing rights and how to effectively communicate with your landlord.

We know first-hand that […]

How to Get an Emotional Support Animal in Seattle

Seattle offers greater privileges for pets and Emotional Support Animals than many other cities in the USA. Within the Emerald City, dogs can ride on city buses, visit several hotels and restaurants, and run free within a few famous off-leash parks. Everyone with an animal companion, including ESA owners who suffer from mental disorders such […]

What Every Real Estate Agent, Broker, and Buyer Should Know About Emotional Support Animals

Emotional Support Animals are not considered pets. Emotional Support Animals are also not Service Animals. Emotional Support Animals are a specific type of assistance animal that are protected and granted housing access under the Fair Housing Act. This means Emotional Support Animals have the right to live with their owners in no-pet apartments, co-ops, and […]

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How to Get an Emotional Support Animal in Washington

Emotional Support Animals are an important part of mental health care. In Washington, if you qualify for an ESA letter, you will have special rights for housing and air travel for your Emotional Support Animal.

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